Health officials say radiation from Japan unlikely to be danger to U.S. West Coast

By Alison Hawkes

As conditions at nuclear reactors in Japan continue to deteriorate, one obvious question for we West Coaster is the potential danger for radioactive fallout to travel across the jet stream. So far, authorities are downgrading the potential that the West Coast of North America is in danger. A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said “at present there is no danger to California” and a monitoring system is in place to detect levels. Washington State is also monitoring air for radiation and said even in the event of a significant release, radiation would be so diluted before reaching the state that no protective action would be necessary.  [Read more – WA Dept of Public Health, CBC, and AlterNet.

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2 Responses to Health officials say radiation from Japan unlikely to be danger to U.S. West Coast

  1. Larry on 03/13/2011 at 11:57 pm

    Don’t even tell me how safe they are when we’re talking about natural disasters.

    Japan down plays the danger, { why would they tell the truth ever) !!! USA Officials down play the danger to the USA.

    Do officials really think we are as complacent as we used to be and just blindly believe what ever we’re told? God forbid they tell us the truth.

    All Nuclear Plants need to be removed and put to sleep.

  2. David on 03/14/2011 at 11:03 pm

    Japanse officials are happy about the prevaling winds blowing into the East toward the West coast. That is potential major health disaster for us. Our government is down playing the danger to avoid causing wide spread panic, because there is nothing that can be done to avoid it once it has leaked into the atmosphere.


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